Sunday, 19 February 2017

CVSRT received a request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with the ongoing search for Craig Alderson who was reported missing on 20/1/17 from Queensbury.

30 team members were tasked with searching various areas of interest, however all areas were cleared and the team stood down at 9pm.

Police enquiries are ongoing: https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/news/missing-craig-alderson-queensbury

In attendance: 30 CVSRT
Total Duration: 5hrs 40mins

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 05 February 2017
  • Location Queensbury
  • Grid Reference SE 10474 30404
  • Latitude 53.769880
  • Longitude -1.8425750
  • Man Hours 170
  • Members In Attendance 30
Published in Incidents


Wednesday, 14 December 2016

CVSRT received a request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with the search of a vulnerable 27yo male who had left his home address in a distressed condition.

All areas tasked by the police were cleared and the team stood down and returned to base at 04:30am then onward to their homes.

The missing male was reported found alive later that day at his friends house.

In attendance:
23 CVSRT members
West Yorkshire Police

Total Duration: 5hrs 25mins
Person Hours: 124.6hrs

Additional Info

  • Date Wednesday, 14 December 2016
  • Location Clough Lane, Mixenden
  • Grid Reference SE 06072 28611
  • Latitude 53.753830
  • Longitude -1.9093923
  • Man Hours 124.6
  • Members In Attendance 23
Published in Incidents


Sunday, 11 December 2016

At 20:51, CVSRT were called to assist West Yorkshire Police with the ongoing search for a vulnerable female who had been reported missing from Calderdale Royal Hospital. Earlier in the evening the police helicopter (NPAS Carr Gate) had searched and cleared all open areas.

24 Team members with Search dog ‘Pepper’ were available to respond immediately and once on-scene were tasked with clearing a large area of dense undergrowth in the Manor Heath Park area of Halifax.

At 22:06, Search dog ‘Pepper’ with hander Ellie located the missing female alive, but in need of medical assistance. Team doctors were quickly in attendance and the casualty was then transferred to hospital for further care.

In attendance: 24 CVSRT members

Search Dog 'Pepper' (SARDA England)

West Yorkshire Police

NPAS Carr Gate

Total Duration: 3hrs 30mins

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 11 December 2016
  • Location Manor Heath Park, Halifax
  • Grid Reference SE088234
  • Latitude 53.707799
  • Longitude -1.8669033
  • Man Hours 79.2
  • Members In Attendance 24
Published in Incidents


Saturday, 19 November 2016

Midway through our 50th Anniversary Celebration Service in Mytholmroyd, CVSRT members became aware of a missing persons appeal issued by West Yorkshire Police for Denise Bishop, a vulnerable 38yo female, who was reported missing from Calderdale Royal Hospital.

Team members immediately noticed similarities to a recent missing person search in Holmfirth by Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team, where the female had been successfully found by HVMRT on Friday (18th November) but was hypothermic and in need of medical assistance at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. Subsequently the casualty had been transferred to Halifax for further treatment.

At 16:00pm on Saturday (19th November), West Yorkshire Police requested CVSRT assistance and our incident leaders also alerted HVMRT to the new search for the same female. Within the hour, 51 members from both teams had assembled and were deployed in and around the Savile Park area of Halifax. Earlier in the afternoon the missing female had been seen on CCTV entering the park.

As darkness fell, the temperatures also fell below freezing and search efforts intensified into the night with CVSRT Search dog ‘Pepper’ and Cheshire SAR Trailing dog ‘Skye’ joining the search, as well as additional units from the police, the police helicopter and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. All areas of interest radiating out from the last confirmed sighting in Savile Park were thoroughly searched and cleared.

The hospital grounds had already been searched earlier in the day by CRI security staff, however a CVSRT fell party were tasked to search the hospital grounds again just in case the missing female had been wandering for a while and had returned to that location.

At 20:38, the missing female was successfully found by CVSRT in dense foliage at the rear of the hospital. She was alive but wet, cold and very confused. She was able to walk and was escorted indoors for medical assistance.

CVSRT would like to thank HVMRT, WYFRS and WYP for their assistance with searching and covering such a large area so quickly. The combined efforts concluded with a successful find. Excellent team work and a fantastic result.

In attendance:
24 Calder Valley SRT members and 1 Search dog
26 Holme Valley MRT
1 Cheshire SAR Trailing dog and handler
West Yorkshire Police
NPAS Police Helicopter
West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service

Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 19 November 2016
  • Location Savile Park, Halifax
  • Grid Reference SE 08896 23624
  • Latitude 53.708967
  • Longitude -1.8667102
  • Man Hours 24
  • Members In Attendance 132
Published in Incidents


Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Whilst CVSRT were returning to the valley from Incident #978 at Shipley Glen near Baildon, Team leaders received a request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with the search for a vulnerable missing male at Baitings Reservoir, Ripponden.

Once on-scene, CVSRT were tasked with searching and clearing areas of interest. Unfortunately the missing male wasn’t located during the search and at 02:30am the team stood down, returned the vehicles to their bases and then continued onward to their homes.

Police enquiries continued today (Tuesday) as the male was still missing and officers were assistance by the police helicopter and additional police ground units.

In attendance:
24 CVSRT members
West Yorkshire Police

Duration: 3hrs 45mins

Additional Info

  • Date Monday, 14 November 2016
  • Location Baitings Reservoir, Ripponden
  • Grid Reference SE 01126 19091
  • Latitude 53.668293
  • Longitude -1.9844297
  • Man Hours 90
  • Members In Attendance 24
Published in Incidents


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team was called by Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team to assist West Yorkshire Police with the ongoing search for 60-year-old Robert Bidski, who was reported missing by his family at around 9pm on Monday 10th October.

Mr Bidski was last seen in the Chickenley area, however his car was located on the Denby Dale Road, near the Bretton roundabout. Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team were contacted by West Yorkshire Police and began the search at 2.10am on Tuesday in the Bretton Common area.

The search continued throughout the day with assistance in the morning by SARDA search dogs. Later in the afternoon members from CVSRT, Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team, Yorkshire Lowland Search and Rescue Team and Lincolnshire Search and Rescue Team joined the search. By 18:45pm, all team's were stood down for the night whilst police enquiries continued.

West Yorkshire Police appeal: Robert Bidski missing appeal

Mr Bidski is described as a white male, 5ft 10", slim build, grey hair, goatee beard. When he was last seen, he was wearing a grey wool jacket, which was waist length, blue faded jeans and grey shoes.

PC Bronwyn Carter, said: "We are concerned for the welfare of Robert and are appealing to members of the public who may have seen him or know his whereabouts to assist with our enquiries.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact myself via 101 quoting log number 1665 of 10 October.

In attendance:
21 CVSRT members
2 CVSRT Search Dogs (Pepper and Jack)

West Yorkshire Police
NPAS National Police Air Service
Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team
Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team
Yorkshire Lowland Search and Rescue Team
Lincolnshire Search and Rescue Team

CVSRT Person and dog hours: 147hrs

Additional Info

  • Date Tuesday, 11 October 2016
  • Location West Bretton
  • Grid Reference SE 27961 14275
  • Latitude 53.624271
  • Longitude -1.5787214
  • Man Hours 147
  • Members In Attendance 21
Published in Incidents


Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Earlier today, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team was contacted by Yorkshire Ambulance Service requesting assistance with a search for a vulnerable 30yr female who had gone missing and was in need of medical attention.

12 CVSRT members with Search dog ‘Pepper’ were deployed to the location near West Bradford Golf Club. Due to the location, our neighbouring team, Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association, was also placed on stand-by, however thankfully their services were not required.

Whilst the police helicopter searched from over head, a search area was identified and the team deployed. Shortly after entering the woodland, Search dog ‘Pepper’ with handler Ellie Sherwin found the missing female alive, but in need of urgent medical assistance.

The remaining CVSRT members and YAS paramedics were guided to the casualty’s location and affected a swift evacuation to the ambulance.

At 18:00, the team returned to The Rescue Post, then onward to their homes or work. Excellent teamwork and a great result.

Well done ‘Pepper’ for the quick find…(and Ellie of course).

In attendance: 12 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS)
Hazardous Area Response Team (HART)
West Yorkshire Police
National Police Air Service (NPAS)

Duration: 4hrs 25mins
Person (and search dog) hrs: 51

Additional Info

  • Date Wednesday, 28 September 2016
  • Location Heaton Wood, Shipley
  • Grid Reference SE 11531 34965
  • Latitude 53.810848
  • Longitude -1.8263670
  • Man Hours 51
  • Members In Attendance 12
Published in Incidents


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

At 13:34 today, West Yorkshire Police​ alerted CVSRT to an incident involving a mountain biker who had fallen off his bike whilst negotiating a technical section of a cycle trail and fell approx. 10metres down a steep banking. Details of exact location or potential injuries were initially vague, therefore various emergency resources were deployed to the scene whilst more details were confirmed.

Emergency services on-scene established that the rider was stuck down the enbankment, hence the call for assistance, but unhurt. He was rescued by WYFRS Technical Rescue and checked over for injuries by our team doctor and paramedic, but thankfully required no medical assistance.

Team members stood down and returned to base, then onward to their homes or places of work.

In attendance:
18 CVSRT members
West Yorkshire Police
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Duration: 1hr 48mins

Additional Info

  • Date Wednesday, 21 September 2016
  • Location Cemetery Lane, Sowerby
  • Grid Reference SE 04951 23545
  • Latitude 53.708308
  • Longitude -1.9264724
  • Man Hours 59.4
  • Members In Attendance 18
Published in Incidents

Sir Fred Hoyle rescued by CVSRT

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

To mark our 50th Anniversary, we’ve collated a selection of notable incidents from over the 50 years which have been published in a limited edition booklet.

One such incident was the search and rescue of Sir Fred Hoyle on 24th November 1997, who went missing whilst out walking near his childhood home at Eldwick, Bingley. Sir Fred was a famous physicist and arguably the most important astronomer of the last century, after Albert Einstein.

Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team were called to assist with the search for Sir Fred who had been missing for over 10hrs. He was eventually found in the early hours after a long night searching at Shipley Glen by Search dog “Tip” and handler Simon Adams, with navigator Martin Woodhead.

Simon recalls how he and Martin had been tasked with clearing the valley bottom;

“We had just received a stand down from control and at this point the dog teams were nearing the end of their search area. Search dog handler, Ellie Sherwin passed on the message that the dog teams would clear the remainder of their area before standing down.”

“Two minutes later we found Sir Fred Hoyle. He was lying on his back in the stream at the bottom of the glen. Martin moved in and quickly assessed the situation while I radioed control to tell them we had found him.”

“Ellie’s search dog unit guided other team members and equipment in to the casualty site and, in what seemed a very short time, the casualty was being delivered to the open doors of a WYMAS ambulance. A hard night’s work with an excellent result.”

Sir Fred was taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary where the 82-year-old received treatment for a dislocated shoulder and hypothermia. Thankfully he survived his ordeal and when fully recovered, visited our base to meet his rescuers.

Incident Report: cvsrt.org.uk/182

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016


James Gray 39yo missing from Mytholmroyd.  (See Incident #960)

Following confirmed sightings of the missing male on CCTV footage, a new search area was identified and CVSRT were called to assist West Yorkshire Police to search and clear the new area in the hope of finding James Gray.

All areas were search and cleared. Police enquiries continued.

In attendance: 22 CVSRT members
Duration: 7hrs


Following developments in the investigation West Yorkshire Police have released a statement:

CVSRT would like to offer their condolences to James’ family and friends at this difficult time.

Additional Info

  • Date Wednesday, 24 August 2016
  • Location Mount Pleasant Drive, Mytholmroyd
  • Grid Reference SE 01397 26297
  • Latitude 53.893527
  • Longitude -1.9803023
  • Man Hours 154
  • Members In Attendance 22
Published in Incidents
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